PLEASE HELP! .WMV files, internet videos, etc

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  1. adamhowe macrumors newbie

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    I have just got my iMac Intel and I've never used one before. I've been a p.c. user my whole life. PLEASE HELP ME! I can't watch any videos anywhere, I was BARELY able to get Adium installed, and I tried to get Flip4mac and the Media Player app installed to no avail. Every forum I visit seems to have people arguing over what is best to do etc. and this all seems so unorganized and un-though-out... PLEASE HELP ME! Any ideas on how to improve my experience, tips on what apps to install, how to get things done, etc. :confused: :confused: :confused:
     
  2. Sobering macrumors regular

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    Well your on the right track with Flip4Mac. Just download the DMG file and it should automatically install when you click Continue or whatever it says. Hmm.
     
  3. adamhowe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried that but I got the error message saying that I need a version of quickTime better than 6.2.... whatever. The thing is, I have version 7.1.3! WTF! Apparently the Flip4mac programmers have been working on this since Jan????
     
  4. adamhowe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    o.k. everyone I actually installed Flip4mac and it works so far!!!!:D :D :D
     
  5. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    I wish font sizes on the forums also affected smiley icons like they do in iChat.

    :confused:

    Curious, regarding your confusion with Adium... why didn't you just try iChat first? That is what most people use.
     
  6. adamhowe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    All of my buddies have MSN and as far as I know, I can't chat with them without having a program to support MSN
     
  7. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Oh interesting... I forgot about Adium's MSN support.
     
  8. adamhowe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes. But apparently Adium does not support my built in web cam.... This just keeps getting better. Unless all your friends have macs you can't have video chats with them??? AARGH! That's one reason I bought this thing; for the camera!
     
  9. adamhowe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anyone have any tips on a plug in for quicktime that will allow me to view .avi files? Any help is appreciated
     
  10. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    No... Macs are excellent with AIM video chatting, both with PCs and other Macs. It also works nicely over Bonjour networking, and is great for making Video Podcasts or other such movies.

    Blame Microsoft for bad Mac support, not Apple. Apple doesn't own MSN.
     
  11. bitabytex macrumors member

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    Here is a link to aMSN (a program for MSN users) that supports your webcam.

    http://amsn.sourceforge.net/

    For the .avi question, here is a link that will explain and help you out.

    http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/avidivx.html

    If you are looking for more types of apps to install, check out the Downloads page at Apple: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/
    or VersionTracker: http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/

    Also, Macrumors has a Guide for Beginners here: http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_Beginner's_Guide

    Hope that helps :D
     
  12. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Don't use Quicktime for avi, use a program called VLC, it plays nearly every video type around.

    Sounds like you're freaking out a bit, have a deep breath, get your head together and try and organise your questions into a list from most confusing to least confusing. Post a thread about your most confusing questions and do a forum search for the simple ones.
     
  13. lmalave macrumors 68000

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    Sucks for you. Microsoft just doesn't have good support for non-Windows MSN users. As someone pointed out, video chat works well with AIM, and it should also work well with Skype video calling.
     
  14. adamhowe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey Thanks everyone! It'll take me a little time to get to all of your tips but I'll let you all know how it turns out!
     
  15. adamhowe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My friend, YOU are my saviour!!!!!!! :) :) :)
    Thank you for opening my eyes to this program!!!!!!
     
  16. bitabytex macrumors member

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    Glad I could help :D
     
  17. adamhowe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    k, I've got amsn running great, except I'm having trouble getting my webcam working; the person I am chatting with's MSN says I do not have a web cam... any ideas? Thanks!
     
  18. adamhowe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    XFactor

    Hello all! I am using XFactor and am finding it to be not so great a program. Can anyone suggest a better P2P program?? Thanks in advance!
     
  19. diegozuniga macrumors newbie

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    I have been using Cabos for over a year now and have never had any trouble with it. It is simple and easy to use.
     
  20. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    Yep... Quicktime + VLC + Flip4Mac plugin, and you pretty much can't go wrong.

    It takes a while to get used to using a mac. Don't compare it to windows just yet, but evaluate it on its own merits. When you're so used to windows, it's hard to learn that there are other ways of doing things, and sooner or later, I bet you will find the mac more intuitive and pleasant to use.
     
  21. a0me macrumors 6502a

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    I also switched very recently and one of the first thing I did was to install VLC and Flip4Mac.
    However I found this solution to be more convenient:
    Follow the instructions given here: http://www.xvidmovies.com/mac/ to enable DivX and XviD movie playback in QuickTime, great to watch -for example- user-created videos/recorded TV shows using Front Row and the remote.
     
  22. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    I second that, but it has problems with some wmv I find. Other than that, it's awesome.

    As for chat, I use adium and know many others that do. In the Uk especially, iChat with AOL support is pretty pointless, most here use MSN.
     
  23. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, VLC is not great for Front Row, (only codecs installed for QT will play). VLC is great though if you just want to play.
     

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